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Nov 16, 2013 8:50am EST
at the politics of recent years. the election of president obama. where do you see the legacy of george wallace in the tea party and the politics of now? >> that's another book. well, i mean, obviously, the use of these code words. the whole idea of the federal government encroaching upon the powers of state and local governments. the birther movement. the accusations that president obama is not a citizen or he is a muslim. these are all ways that the tea party has indirectly evoked race into american politics today without actually saying they are racist. if you just look at some candidates and how they run office, if you remember dukakis not being tough on crime. these are all code words that candidates use that is a way invoke this whole idea that the civil rights movement, the struggles for equality, for all groups in this country, has gone too far. and so we need to reel it back in. and particularly the whole argument about the federal government being too strong. and the states need to, you know, take the authority and take back power. that is a major argument that's used now in politics.
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